February 1, 2010 Subject:
Ahead of their time
I can't help but notice the relationship between Rochester and Benny in this episode (which is kind of a repeat of the New Year's Eve episode...Jack brings Rochester out on the stage after the performance in the other one). Watch the ending as they sit on the couch. I mean, this is the 1950's. Blacks and white didn't touch like that on TV, in fact, listen to the audience...they kind of gasp when Rochester sits down. They were ahead of their time and made strong and silent statements regarding human relationships. Since listening to his radio show I have come to respect them both as artists but also have enormous respect for Benny...this kind of stuff could have ended his career (radio but especially TV...people really see what's happening). I expect this was very deliberately done. Amazing.